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In-Ear Deluxe: The New IE 800 High-End Headphones from Sennheiser

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The IE 800 headphones from Sennheiser are the ones with the most innovations per square millimeter. And for precisely that reason, these small in-ear earphones can certainly compete with much larger high-end headphones. They are brimming with groundbreaking ideas to ensure that audiophile music lovers can get as close as possible to perfect sound even when they're on the move.

When it comes to audio quality, ear-canal phones have been known to come up against their limits in the past. But the IE 800 sets new standards: with its new model, Sennheiser is now rounding off its top segment with a set of genuinely high-end portable headphones. "The sound of the IE 800 can easily compete with that of our high-end portfolio," said Maurice Quarré, Director Product Lifecycle Management Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. These dynamic in-ear phones offer fascinatingly brilliant trebles, precise bass response and a detailed, lifelike sound image with a frequency response of 5 to 46,500 Hz.

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who use such headphones ..
 

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who use such headphones ..
Originally I laughed at people who spend hundreds on earphones, but then I bought a pair of UE TripleFi10 and I can't stand budget stuff anymore. I would rather not listen to any music than hear muddied and distorted music lacking in everything. No doubt this is a magnitude better than the TF10, but I can (now, at least) understand why people will spend this money on earphones.

If you enjoy music, I suggest you visit headfi.org, pick a decent earphone suitable for your music tastes, and give it a go. You will learn to appreciate the little details which a cheap earphone cannot reproduce properly. :)
 
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who use such headphones ..
Music lovers that aren't poor.

edit: Really though, anybody looking in that price range would probably be going for custom-molded ones.
 
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Music lovers that aren't poor.

edit: Really though, anybody looking in that price range would probably be going for custom-molded ones.
There are models as good as custom's, like Sony EX1000 and these are dynamic drivers...

Previously, most people’s quest for a high end IEM would be limited to the customs molded stuff. Not anymore, as the Sony EX1000 is here to provide a fresh alternative to the high end IEM world.
Headfonia
And these are rather cheap these days...

Still the most i can afford is up to ex510 price

I will see what Mike from headfonia's got to say about these though...
 
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Originally I laughed at people who spend hundreds on earphones, but then I bought a pair of UE TripleFi10 and I can't stand budget stuff anymore. I would rather not listen to any music than hear muddied and distorted music lacking in everything. No doubt this is a magnitude better than the TF10, but I can (now, at least) understand why people will spend this money on earphones.

If you enjoy music, I suggest you visit headfi.org, pick a decent earphone suitable for your music tastes, and give it a go. You will learn to appreciate the little details which a cheap earphone cannot reproduce properly. :)
Couldn't agree with you any more once you go big you never go back,:rockout:
 

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Can we expect a review from Frederik S?
 
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Couldn't agree with you any more once you go big you never go back,:rockout:
700 bucks is a bit excessive for headphones no matter how you look at it. On the other note, i think the Sennheiser MX470 is an excellent balance between cheapo headphones for 5 EUR and premium ones for 80 EUR.
They have very clear sound, quite strong bass, 3 different rubber adapters for different ears and no stupid volume control on a wire (which usually breaks after 5 uses). They aren't in-ear but i hate those anyway.
They cost me like 25 EUR from UK. Best purchase of headphones i've made in a while.
 

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700 bucks is a bit excessive for headphones no matter how you look at it. On the other note, i think the Sennheiser MX470 is an excellent balance between cheapo headphones for 5 EUR and premium ones for 80 EUR.
They have very clear sound, quite strong bass, 3 different rubber adapters for different ears and no stupid volume control on a wire (which usually breaks after 5 uses). They aren't in-ear but i hate those anyway.
They cost me like 25 EUR from UK. Best purchase of headphones i've made in a while.
I used to use a £20-40 pound earphone (UE Metrofi 220), thought it sounded decent enough (compared to the old crap I have), until I tried Shure 530 and Westone UM3. Personally I believe that they sound better and better as you go up the scale until about the $/£/€150 mark, when the gains become negligible and the characteristic of each earphone becomes more important.
 
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Wouldn't be able to say there aren't worth the price before listening to them... Also, I must say they look amazing - at least from the technical drawings! ;)
 
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I used to use a £20-40 pound earphone (UE Metrofi 220), thought it sounded decent enough (compared to the old crap I have), until I tried Shure 530 and Westone UM3. Personally I believe that they sound better and better as you go up the scale until about the $/£/€150 mark, when the gains become negligible and the characteristic of each earphone becomes more important.
The biggest problem that i've seen is getting decent bass from any of them. So far i only had 1 from Philips, 1 from Sony and the MX470. I've tried many Philips headphones that stated "Megabass" and so on and they had no bass at all.

What i value more is the build quality. Mostly the absence of volume control which are ALL crap and the way how cable is attached and reinforced in each headphone.
 

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The biggest problem that i've seen is getting decent bass from any of them. So far i only had 1 from Philips, 1 from Sony and the MX470. I've tried many Philips headphones that stated "Megabass" and so on and they had no bass at all.
Audio Technica M50, or some Beyerdynamic gives good bass, or Monster Turbine. Honestly speaking, you will learn to appreciate balanced sound as you move up the range. People generally start with looking for good bass, but end up getting something only slightly bass heavy.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/mul...ared-ue-500-paradigm-shift-e3m-added-04-08-12
 

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700 bucks is a bit excessive for headphones no matter how you look at it. On the other note, i think the Sennheiser MX470 is an excellent balance between cheapo headphones for 5 EUR and premium ones for 80 EUR.
They have very clear sound, quite strong bass, 3 different rubber adapters for different ears and no stupid volume control on a wire (which usually breaks after 5 uses). They aren't in-ear but i hate those anyway.
They cost me like 25 EUR from UK. Best purchase of headphones i've made in a while.
As we all type on computers costing more than $1,000 :laugh:
 
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There are models as good as custom's, like Sony EX1000 and these are dynamic drivers...



And these are rather cheap these days...

Still the most i can afford is up to ex510 price

I will see what Mike from headfonia's got to say about these though...
I don't think anything will beat a custom-molded IEM for comfort though. And when you're paying this much, comfort is important.
 
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I don't think anything will beat a custom-molded IEM for comfort though. And when you're paying this much, comfort is important.
Well, in the review, mike says the sony are more comfy than his own custom jh16, reason why despite being modeled to his ear, they are made of hard plastic, while an universal fit iem has soft rubber tips, and depending on it's quality these can be better than customs, soundwise they are compared with the jh16 being less dark and more pleasant...

This only goes to say that customs aren't exactly out of this world, and a well conceived universal iem can be on par with the more expensive customs, although these Sennheiser are rather expensive...

Im sure they will be compared with the jh16's Sony Ex 1000's and other high grade iems, just a mater of time...